Robert F. Overmyer

Robert F. Overmyer
1936 - 1996
Robert F. Overmyer  American Astronaut

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First Name Robert
Middle Name F.
Last Name Overmyer
Birthday 14th July, 1936
Birthplace Lorain, Ohio, USA
Died 22nd March, 1996
Place of Death Duluth, Minnesota, United States
Buried Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Height 5' 11¼" (181 cm)
Weight 180lbs (82 kg)
Build Athletic
Eye Color Blue
Hair Color Brown - Light
Zodiac Sign Cancer
Sexuality Straight
Ethnicity White
Nationality American
Occupation Text Naval aviator, test pilot
Occupation Astronaut

Robert Franklyn "Bob" Overmyer (July 14, 1936 – March 22, 1996) (Col, USMC) was an American test pilot, naval aviator, aeronautical engineer, physicist, United States Marine Corps officer and USAF/NASA astronaut. Overmyer was selected by the Air Force as an astronaut for its Manned Orbiting Laboratory in 1966. Upon cancellation of this program in 1969, he became a NASA astronaut and served support crew duties for the Apollo program, Skylab program and Apollo-Soyuz Test Project. In 1976, he was assigned to the Space Shuttle program and flew as pilot on STS-5 in 1982 and as commander on STS-51-B in 1985. He was selected as a lead investigator into the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster and retired from NASA in 1986. Ten years later, Overmyer died in Duluth, Minnesota while testing the Cirrus VK-30 composite homebuilt aircraft.

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